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Getting $9m in Food & Voucher Cards to Those Most in Need

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Through partnerships in California communities hit hardest by COVID-19, PHI is getting cash for food to individuals and families who are facing hunger during the pandemic.

$9M worth of food cash cards distributed in one month

Across the U.S., more people are going hungry than at any time in recent history. According to the Associated Press, Feeding America, the nation’s largest anti-hunger organization, has seen a 60% average increase in food bank users since the onset of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. In California, the food security situation is especially dire. Hunger in California has doubled, and in some areas tripled, since the state’s COVID-19 restrictions went into effect. 

To meet this urgent crisis, in late 2020 PHI partnered with community-based organizations, tech companies, local government, and grocery stores in some of California’s hardest hit communities, getting food cash cards directly to those in greatest need, including families who do not qualify for or who are unable to access federal food programs like CalFresh. In one month, the project distributed more than $9 million worth of food cash cards to families and individuals in communities impacted by the virus.

Thank you. I will be able to feed my family, we have been hungry for some time. I am very thankful.
Some of our constituents were in tears because they did not know what their next meal would look like! We are so grateful to be one of the distributor organizations.
Thank you, [the food] was so needed and now I will be able to give my kids a Thanksgiving dinner.

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